Four-bedroom apartment in Dublin's tallest residential building and trendy quarter
Four-bed home is in Dublin's tallest residential building
Back in the day, Ireland's ambitious developers hoped that Millennium Tower was only the beginning of Dublin's rebirth as a modern city with high-rise buildings littering the skyline, but we all know what happened just a few short years later…
Designed by O'Mahony Pike and built by Zoe Developments, almost 20 years later Millennium Tower remains at 63m the capital's tallest residential building, shorter by 5m than The Elysian in Cork. (Which just begs the question: Where exactly is the real capital?)
In 2000, the penthouse apartment at Millennium Tower was reported to have been snapped up for close to €2.75m. Now No 32/33 on the second floor - originally two apartments which were combined into one with 2200 sq ft of living space - is on the market for €980,000.
Dublin apartments tend, in the main, to be one- and two-bedroomed, which makes them unsuitable for most families. So, while other European city centres, where the apartments are larger and designed with families in mind, have a more diverse resident population, Dublin's tends to be made up of singles and couples, who move out to the 'burbs or further into the commuter belt when they are starting their families.
Not that No 32/33 is priced at the same level as an average three-bed semi in the suburbs, but with four bedrooms it is a viable option for a family that wants to live right in the centre of the city.
Certainly, in a household in which both parents have careers in any of the many tech, legal and other businesses located around the Docklands, there is a time and money calculation to be done about the value of hours spent at home with the little darlings rather than commuting. And city living can be great for families - as long as they forget the notion that a patch of lawn to call their own is an essential requirement.
(At Millennium Tower the wraparound deck is not a bad substitute, with ample space for summer barbecuing if not for kicking a rugby ball around.)
There are plenty of schools within easy reach of Grand Canal Dock - Loreto on the Green, St Michael's, Belvedere and CUS are some of the secondary options - and the Clann na Gael GAA Club in Ringsend has a vibrant junior programme. Plus, of course, there is convenient access to all the museums, galleries and city parks, as well as cinemas, theatres and the 3Arena.
Located on the second floor, the main open plan living/dining/kitchen space at No 32/33 has floor to ceiling windows and every room in the property has water views.
From the living space and the master bedroom, those views are magnificent, taking in Grand Canal Dock in its entirety, from the Daniel Liebeskind-designed Bord Gáis Theatre at one end, sweeping past Martha Schwartz's plaza with its distinctive illuminated red poles and The Marker Hotel, all the way down to the basin at the end which is ear-marked by Waterways Ireland for future development as the embarkation point for journeys down Ireland's inland waterways.
The master suite has a walk-in wardrobe and a large ensuite bathroom with a free-standing bath as well as a shower. There are three further bedrooms, one of which is ensuite, as well as a family bathroom and a cloak room.
The apartment has been staged for sale in style that will be familiar to veterans of the Dublin property hunting trenches at a particular level of the market, and very smart it looks too, but the kitchen is in need of a makeover, and new owners will wish to lavish some TLC on the bathrooms and address the electric storage heating. Some of the decking that surrounds the apartment on all sides looks to have been recently replaced, while other sections are mossy, and the BER of E1 could be improved. Directly downstairs from the apartment is Charlotte Quay, a busy restaurant owned by the Berreen brothers who also have Coppinger Row in the city centre.
The Marker has earned a reputation for great food, and other options include the ever-popular Herbstreet.
The apartment comes with two parking spaces and a management fee of €4,100.44, plus €215.44 for each of the car parking spaces and €165 per annum for refuse, but new owners may decide to do away with a car completely and embrace city living by getting around on foot, by Dublin Bike, via the Dart, or enrolling in one of the short-term car rental programmes popping up all over the capital.
32/33 Millennium Tower,
Charlotte Quay, Ringsend, Dublin 4
Asking price: €980,000
Agent: Douglas Newman Good (01) 6794088